IAD is known for our world-class evaluation-driven research programs that accelerate the readiness of emerging technologies for widespread deployment. For decades, IAD has fostered community evaluations for foundational Artificial Intelligence in research areas such as human language technologies, biometrics, search, information retrieval and natural language processing. IAD advances the measurement science, develops novel evaluation paradigms, and performs research to ensure technology is developed and used correctly and efficiently.
Through collaborations with industry, academia, and the federal government, IAD enables the advancement of these technologies and provides the technical underpinnings to support the development of standards.
The Multimodal Information Group focuses on measurement and evaluation methods to facilitate the use of technologies that provide easier access to multimedia and multilingual information and improve human-computer interface modalities.
The Retrieval Group facilitates retrieval research involving large, unstructured text files by providing test collections and organizing the Text REtrieval Conference (TREC) and its proceedings. The group focuses mainly on collections to support specific information retrieval sub-tasks, such as cross-language retrieval and multimedia retrieval.
The Image Group focuses on developing standards, measurements, evaluations, and best practice guidelines for biometric technologies. The Group promotes accuracy and interoperability by working closely with other government agencies, law enforcement, industry, and academia to support needs in the biometrics community.
The Visualization and Usability Group performs research to develop user-centered measurement and evaluation methods, guidelines, and standards by applying human factors, cognitive science, user-centered design, and usability principles to improve human system interaction.